LockDown Browser and Assistive Technology

In general, LockDown Browser can be accessed by many different types of assistive technology applications. It does, however, create unique challenges for students using assistive technology.

Individuals using speech-to-text software (e.g., Dragon Naturally Speaking) and some students who use screen reading and/or screen magnification software applications are most likely to be impacted.

Supported Assistive Technology

  • Compatible screen readers include: JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver and Narrator.
  • Compatible Screen Magnification Applications include: Windows Magnifier, the Zoom feature built into iOS and the Zoom Feature built into the browser itself. Support for ZoomText is limited to enlarging text.

Instructions to Use Respondus Lockdown Browser with AT: 

  • PLEASE NOTE: OPEN ALL SOFTWARE BEFORE LOCKDOWN BROWSER 
    • Text-to-Speech Tools 
      • Both JAWS and NVDA are supported within LockDown Browser. Make sure to open the software before opening the LockDown Browser.
      • Windows built-ins: Narrator
        • Click Windows key + CTRL + ENTER to start up Narrator. 
        • Open LockDown Browser.
        • Use Narrator as you normally would
      • Mac built-ins: Spoken Content and Voice Over
          • Spoken Content
      • Read & Write
        • Read & Write goes into a locked browser mode with limited access when it is used within the Lockdown Browser.
        • The Screenshot Reader and Screen Masking features are the only tools available while using LockDown Browser.
  • Read & Write tool bar with only two tools
    Screenshot Reader and Screen Masking are the only options available in Locked Browser mode.
    • Speech-to-Text Options
      • Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS)  
        • DNS can be used in LockDown Browser but will be limited in terms of function. It is recommended that you turn off the Dictation Box (DNS Settings) before using DNS in LockDown Browser.
          • Please note!* Make sure to turn on the microphone in DNS before opening LockDown Browser. (The DNS mic button will be green when turned on.)

If you encounter a problem accessing LockDown Browser or would like for us to test your particular situation, please contact the ATI or Disability Services for assistance.